5/6 Hum. Rts. Defender 1 (1996-1997)

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Defender

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* Special Issue *

December 1996, Volume 5, Number 4
March 1997, Volume 6, Number 1
ISSN 1039-2637

The 1996 Nobel Prize Lecture
Jose Ramos Horta

Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo and Josi  heritage and conscience if I were to
Ramos Horta on 10 December in Oslo  start this Nobel lecture in another
were awarded the Nobel Peace Price.  language other than in the language
Below is the Nobel Peace Prize Lecture  that unites more than 200 million
given by Jose Ramos Horta (@ The    people in the five regions of the
Nobel Foundation, Stockholm 1996).  world.

Your   majesties,
Honourable Members of
the Nobel Committee,
Presidents,      Prime
Ministers, Excellencies.
With your permission, my
first words will be in the
language of Camoes,
Fernando       Pessoa,
Agostino Neto, Jorge
Amado and Xanana
Gusmao.
In spite of the brutal
Indonesian colonisation
and cultural repression of
the past 21 years that
attempts to eradicate a
language and culture that
reached our region almost
500 years ago, in East
Timor this rich centuries-
old language survives
stubbornly.
Being the second East
Timorese or Portuguese nationality
to be honoured with the Nobel
Peace Prize (the first is our
respected and revered bishop
Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo), I
would be failing my own historical

It is with a deep feeling of humility
that I join today with Bishop Carlos
Ximenes Belo to receive the 1996
Nobel Peace Prize that has been
bestowed on the people of East
Timor.

My eternal gratitude to those who
nominated me. I am for ever
morally indebted to, and I can
assure them, that God's modest
gifts of health and wisdom to me
will always be put to the service of
peace and justice not
only for my country and
people but also for the
cause of peace, freedom
and       democracy
everywhere my faint
voice can be heard.
My deepest appreciation
goes to the Nobel
Committee for having
chosen us for the 1996
Nobel Peace Prize. Your
generosity in thinking of
the wretched of the earth,
and your courage in
standing up to the
might of States, the
cynicism        and
indifference of too
many, betrayal by some,
tells a lot about the soul
and history of courage
of this great country of
yours that fought
bravely during World
War II.
In recent years Norway
has played a central role in
fostering dialogue and peace
among historical enemies. In the
Middle East and Central America,
your      discreet    nature,

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